June 20, 2016

APIs, mashups and code, oh my!

There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “One Watson API is helpful, but when you start combining multiple APIs things really get cooking.” While the origins of this statement can only be guessed at, the sentiment still rings true. The APIs available on the Watson Developer Cloud do so many neat things with […]

Continue reading

June 17, 2016

Programming robots to play poker in one summer with Watson

This summer, the IBM Watson team invited the six of us to join them at the Research Triangle Park campus to embark on an adventure.  The adventure?  Take these robots, make them play poker, and show the usefulness of the Watson services on Bluemix.  With that said, we are really excited about this project and all […]

Continue reading

June 15, 2016

6 practical deep learning examples for today’s data-driven business

Data is created and consumed so quickly that we can’t even nail down the statistics in this blog post (watch in real-time via Internet Live Stats). The term ‘big data’ is hardly still accurate – this is massive data. And the vast majority of it is unstructured — data (such as emails, tweets, photos, videos, articles, […]

Continue reading

June 15, 2016

Three ways to keep your IT skills current at work

At a recent conference, an IBM executive asked the audience how will we protect our IT skills from obsolescence and globalization. Many of us work in rapidly-changing environments. By keeping our skills sharp and staying current with technology updates and trends, we can advance in our roles and take advantage of new opportunities. That said, […]

Continue reading

June 14, 2016

Cognitive services in smart machines

Recently, Gartner released a report titled, “Cool Vendors in Smart Machines, 20161”. The report highlights “cool” vendors that provide practical applications of smart machine technologies that can do (at scale) what, five years ago, either required expensive human labor or could not be done at all. The report notes that, “These vendors are cool because, […]

Continue reading

June 14, 2016

New experimental service for building virtual agents and chat bots

Looking for a new way to engage users with your apps? Try IBM Watson Conversation, a new experimental service now available in Bluemix. With this service, you will be able to create chat bots and virtual agents that use natural language understanding and dialog to automate interactions with your customers. This early experimental version introduces […]

Continue reading

June 10, 2016

Welcome to the world of A.I.

Artificial Intelligence is all too often associated only with futuristic technologies seen in movies or in the news. Yet what many people don’t realize is that technology disruptions have already been influencing our daily lives for more than a decade! News on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Technologies now surrounds us on a daily basis — […]

Continue reading

June 9, 2016

How to keep Millennials as customers

If pop culture is to be believed, then our relationship with machines is something to be nervous about. Sure, C3PO is great, but for every instance of fictional technology helping mankind, there are many more Skynets just waiting to finish us off. Thankfully, the actual partnership between man and machine has never been closer. The […]

Continue reading

June 7, 2016

The top 4 challenges of startup CEOs and how tech can help

Fact: 90% of startups fail. However, it is also proven that founders who have failed in their previous business have a 20% chance of succeeding in their next venture, compared to the 18% chance of success for first time entrepreneurs. While these challenges can be tough for CEOs, they can be mitigated with a focus […]

Continue reading